Pulp Magic

FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Don’t Throw Away That Empty Samoa Box

Just last month, supermarket entrances across the country were flanked with young sales women in their own version of army green raising money for a myriad of activities, including charity, selling – you guessed it – Girl Scout cookies. By now, many boxes have been delivered and let’s just say, total indulgence is taking place at my house! How about yours?

This year is extra special because 2017 marks 100 years since the girls of Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma hit upon the idea of baking cookies and selling them door to door to raise money for their scouting activities.

From its humble beginnings all those years ago, the Girl Scouts now sell about 175 million boxes of cookies each year. That many boxes pose a sweet challenge . . . what do you do with the colorful packaging after you’ve munched through the Samoas, Thin Mints or Tagalongs?

Fortunately, the website Crafting and Green World has a lot of ideas for upcycling – turning the colorful and protective box into something valuable and extending its life!

Among the crafting ideas: cut the colorful boxes into strips and use them for bookmarks; cut them into rectangles and use them for postcards, tape strips into links and make a necklace. Or how about a rather fashionable change purse courtesy of Girl Scout Troop 872 “USA”.

Not the crafty type? Take heart – the boxes are recyclable. And since most Americans, more than 96%, have access to recycling, recycling your cookie box for its next life is easy. There are plenty of good reasons to support the Girl Scouts’ cookie sale. Selling cookies is a great way to teach young girls about entrepreneurship and leadership and allows them to participate in raising money for charity or projects their troop will participate or benefit. And now there is another one – the box can be recycled or reused after they are emptied. Sounds like a good way to earn an environmental patch or badge, too.